Did vasty gobs of research on early steel manufacturing and consolidated my notes on the Qin Dynasty, Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi, and his terracotta army. Ad hoc research win! ‘Cept I have to force myself to remember not to get too caught up in the research and neglect to write the story.
• 1.5K on the terracotta warrior steampunk Asian fantasy, tentatively titled “Mortal Clay, Metal Heart.” It seems to be acquiring Pygmalion overtones, too. Urg. Must keep it under 6K words…
• Note from my Cricket editor letting me know that “The Tortoise Bride” has been slotted for the October issue. Woohoo!
• Email from Norilana pointing me to an excellent review at Someone’s Read it Already of Returning My Sister’s Face:
Overall, I really enjoyed this collection. I’m not familiar with very many East Asian folk or fairy tales, and this was a great introduction, I thought. Ms. Foster’s comments explaining her inspiration were also quite helpful, and it’s definitely convinced me that not only should more authors write in these settings, but that I should search out some of the original tales myself. I’d recommend it to nearly everyone